all the necessary scientific and technical expertise, it should identify the appropriate government agencies and officials to be contacted in the event of an attack.

Short-Term Goal

The government should identify a group with the appropriate technical and scientific expertise to assist building owners and managers in the event of a biological attack. That group should work with the Operations Working Group to devise the best courses of action for response and recovery.

Long-Term Goal

The federal government should devise a mechanism for keeping government and other interested parties abreast of developments and new technology in surveillance, sampling, and decontamination and revise the standards and policies for decontamination iteratively. The mechanism should ensure that building managers and owners are kept informed (Recommendation 11-1).


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